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China Is Not A Happy Panda

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“China is not a happy panda”. This article describes China’s petulance with the United States over its political and military support of Japan, the Phillipines, Taiwan and Hong Kong, and of the United State’s “criticism of China's dismal human rights record” (Eades). While it is of the utmost importance for the United States to foster good relationships with Japan and the others, China’s perception of being provoked by America can lead to catastrophic repercussions.
Furthermore, the current crisis between Russia and Ukraine have led President Obama to issue several executive orders imposing sanctions to certain individuals and companies with regard to those “contributing to the situation ...view middle of the document...


As a child in elementary school during the 1960’s, I learned about China’s goals to increase the size of their military army to one million men. I am certain that number has been greatly exceeded by now! I also learned that – at that point in history – Russia was the greatest threat to our security and to our freedom. Since those days, the government has worked relentlessly to mend relationships with both of these countries so that in more recent years neither Russia nor China has been the biggest menace. Unfortunately, though, it appears that the times have come full circle, and these two nations once again are looming as dangerous.
It is unlikely, however, that the size of the armed forces will remain as large as it has been, for several reasons - mainly, because it has been a main goal of the president since his first days in office to reduce the number of troops. Secondly, because the nation was at relative peace for so many decades, the attitude of the citizens has evolved over the last forty years to the belief that a large and powerful army is unnecessary in a civilized world. Although this may be true, there are many countries that cannot be considered civilized, and a nation cannot combat brutality and barbarianism by fighting it with civility. There are times when brute force is necessary to bring about the...

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